Weekend Fun + Banksy’s Newest Art

Hope you all had a great weekend!  I’m going to keep it short and sweet here.  

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We did a little wine tasting. 🙂

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We hung out.

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I took impromptu photos! 😉

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It was so beautiful.  🙂

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Karen Doo-Doo got me this!  

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We went here.  Cold Spring Tavern.  Beer + Live Music.

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Ate good stuff.  🙂

Weekend highlight?  Standing on my dad’s deck, with the awesome view of Santa Barbara in front of me, with a warm fire in the chimenea, talking to Heather, while eating a cinnamon roll.  What about you guys?  Hope you all did something fun!

Have any of you seen the latest from Banksy?  It looks like a “score one for the vegans”, but I’m not sure!  What do you guys think?  Here’s a link for you to go see what I’m talking about.  It’s called Siren’s of the Lambs.  Go check it out!  

http://autos.aol.com/article/banksys-latest-art-project-goes-on-the-road/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl19%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D391120

 

Weekend Round-Up

I hope you guys really lived it up this weekend!  I hope you had fun, lots of naps, and lots of good (vegan!) food with friends.  🙂  I’m going to keep this post short and sweet!  …And yes, we had a very nice, very relaxing weekend around here!

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Saturdays do not suck.  After an epic nap, we did a little margarita fun times with guacamole, sat out on our deck and enjoyed the beautiful, warm, sunny evening.  

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Saturday I also did a little experimental baking.  

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I wanted to see if could make those amazing walnut date cookies (two posts ago, I think) using pecans, maple syrup, and using less oil.  

….the recipe still needs the kinks worked out.  😉  Also, it didn’t help that I over baked them!

Sunday was fab–relaxing morning and I made more banana yummies…

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…then went wine tasting at the Old Creek Winery with some really wonderful people that I’m lucky enough to have as friends.  Frank & Kathryn, you know you are total dolls!  It’s true! 🙂 

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Nothing like a little afternoon hanging out and laughing to cure what ails ya!

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My boys.  🙂  What sweeties!

Then, after wine we were off to the Farmer and Cook for some amazing vegan dinner times.  

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Vegan tamale anyone?  We ate outside, had probably too much fun, and are thinking about starting a weekly dinner party get-together.  

After dinner wrapped we came home and crashed out like a boss.  

What did you guys do this weekend?   

Been a Long Time, eh?

…Since I’ve posted an entry, that is!  What gives?  Well, I’ll TELL you what gives! lol Busy weekend, and a strange Monday, that’s what!

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Let’s start at the beginning.  Friday we went to an AWESOME wedding celebration!  This is one of our multiple trips to the photo booth for silly fun times.  I personally feel that Nick’s face was MADE for taking photo booth photos like these!  Hehehe!

We got our dance on, hung out with good friends, and had waaaaay too much fun.  🙂  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.  You know it’s a great wedding when you feel hung over the following day and you didn’t drink!

Saturday was great–relaxed, napped, and made these!!

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Recipe Here!  http://ohsheglows.com/2011/08/16/mini-cinnamon-sugar-pumpkin-spiced-doughnuts-rosemary-olive-oil-chips/

Ha, yeah, when pressed for time, I hit up Oh She Glows blog and she’s never let me down.  More photos you ask?  Sure!

 

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Unglazed and un-sugared in all their glory.

I made these to bring to my dad’s house for a BBQ.  Nick suggested I made them, actually.  The recipe suggests cinnamon sugar coating for the outside.  I thought they’d be good glazed, too.  So I made a taste tester.

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After eating these I was still on the fence as to which was better, so I did half glazed, half cinnamon sugared.  Since these little guys are baked, I resorted to using my mini bunt pan in lieu of a doughnut pan.  I thought the effect might be strange–turns out, they looked like little crullers.  Everyone seemed to like the dessert at the BBQ–I’d personally give them about an 8.5 out of 10.  I’d like the dough to be a little more cake like and less pumpkin bread like.  The dough also should be sweeter, I think, and I’d add more spice.  But that’s just me.  People seemed to like ’em regardless.  Hopefully they didn’t taste too vegan!  I do worry sometimes that I might loose my “tastes like regular food” barometer.  Eh, like I said.  8.5 outta 10.

Sunday was nice, too.  Got caught up on house chores and stuff, went and took a gander at a couple of open houses, then hit the Old Creek Winery for a glass, then to the Farmer and the Cook.  I can’t wait for the pup to stop being such a pain in the ass when we take him places.  He absolutely loses his mind when we go out and simply can’t behave himself AT ALL.  Nick is pretty good about watching him when we go out because I am far less patient with the pup and I get stressed out by his antics.  For instance, why on Earth did he want to eat these strange little stinging pricker infused flowers?  At the winery all the wanted to do was act like he was relaxed, then LUNGE! at the pricker flowers all around where we were sitting.  I’m sure his little lips were full of stinging nettles from eating these, yet this was all he wanted.  …dumbass. lol

Things went smoothly yesterday and we actually got an 8 hour day!  We went in to SB again to check out the apple store, then had dinner at Sojourner.  I was hoping I would be amazingly inspired by the food and ordered a tofu, rice and veggie salad–and they sneaked cilantro into it!!  Gah!  I utterly hate cilantro.  It tastes.  SO. BAD.  I do wish I liked it–however, it is only #20 on my list of things I wish for, followed by wishing I liked raw tomatoes pulling rank at #19.

So, they took away this yuck salad and I got soup and normal salad instead.  Not thrilling but pretty good eats.  I guess I’ll have to find my inspiration elsewhere!

Today is going to be busy.  I have to send out a whole mess of stuff–contract, W-9, emails, a proposal….and I hoping to hear back about my book idea so that I can start putting that jam together!  Woot for that!  Okay, I’ve dilly-dallied long enough here talking about lots of nuthin’. lol  Have a great Tuesday and I’ll post a recipe here soon, I promise!

Coconut + Almond Thumbprint Cookies + Weekend Fun Times!

Wow, do I ever have a lot to talk about!

I think I’m finally over my cold!  Yay!  I was able to get my first run in, in a week!  I took it a little slow, but I feel pretty good for doing it.

Also, I’m eagerly awaiting the first physical proof of my book to arrive.  Fingers cross, it’ll be today!

Next, let’s start with a recipe.  I got a little creative and improvised this recipe, coconut + almond thumbprints on Saturday for post wine-tasting fun times back here at our house.  I’d give them a solid 8 out of 10 though I’m not sure how I’d improve them.  Everyone else gave them closer to a 10 out of 10 and kept going back to get another one to nibble on.  I guess they were a hit!  My mom always says that stuff tastes better when you don’t make it.  So perhaps it is this at play here, in my desire to only rank these cookies an 8?  I do have to say that I liked their consistency and that they weren’t too sweet.  Of course, they reminded me of marzipan, one of my all time favorite things to eat, so if you too like marzipan, these might be the cookies for you!

Coconut + Almond Thumbprints

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Coconut Flour

1 + 1/3 Cup Raw Almonds – Processed into a meal

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Cup Almond Butter

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Almond Extract

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Jam of Your Choice

Coconut to roll cookies in, if you choose

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In one bowl, combine all wet ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Add wet to dry, stir to combine.  Form balls with dough (I used the size of my palm as my guide) then roll in coconut.  Lastly, use your thumb and press out centers of cookies and add a little doll-up of jam.  Bake for about 9 minutes or until they start to brown and jam becomes melty.  Let cool on baking sheet before transferring to a paper towel or cooling rack.

Photos for you all!

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Now I’m sorry, I don’t have any photos of the final, baked cookies!  I thought I’d get a chance to get a picture before heading out, but alas, time did not permit!  Rest assured, they look pretty much the same as that last photo when they come out of the oven.

Next, here are some photos of wine tasting!

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Everyone had a nice, relaxing time.  Yes, it was hot, about 93 degrees!  But the trees had misters all woven in throughout the branches that misted down on us and with the little breeze, it was pretty comfortable!  Afterwards we went to the Farmer & Cook again and it was a hit.  Great food, gluten free & vegan options, what’s not to love? 🙂  My dad said the jalepeno poppers were the best he’s ever eaten!  I couldn’t try them since they were loaded with cheeses–and pop they did!  All. Over. The. Place. lol

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I *think* we had too good a time however, and it bugged our server!  She seemed annoyed by all the fun we were having, joking about, laughing way to loud, you know, the usual.  It is a terrible thing when you really enjoy your family and would pick them for friends, isn’t it? 😉

Yesterday, the beautiful weather continued and Nick and I took a walk downtown, then headed to the beach.

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Here are my boys as we walked out on the wharf.  While I didn’t think we were out in the sun too long, my shoulders and back got a little crisped and a bit pink.  Not bad, but my skin is now a bit itchy/sensitive today.

After our walk, we stopped in at a little spot right off the wharf and got a drink, and just chilled.  Literally.  It was pretty hot!  We fed the Bubs ice cubes and he napped in the shade as we sipped our drinks–iced tea for me, a beer for Nick.  It felt like being on vacation!  After our little relax-y time, we headed home and I made more granola!  Oh yeah.  I’m nursing an addiction to the stuff, I feel.  I’ve messed with the recipe just a bit, added chia seeds, steel cut oats, and cut down on the raw buckwheat groats.  I think I’ve got it just about right.  I made a giant double batch and hopefully it will last all week.  Ha, *hopefully!*

Now, I know I owe you my banana bread recipe.  Don’t worry, I’ll post it here in the next few days.  Also, I haven’t forgotten to share my Aloo Mattar recipe, either.  The leftovers have been eaten, and yep, it’s good cold.  So I’ll have to share that one as well.  I’ll save that for when I run out of things to post! lol  Well, you know how it goes.  My brain will only think up so much in a day….and I can only bake/cook/EAT so much anyway!  Fortunately I have the Doo-Doo contingent in Santa Barbara that I can take goodies to.  🙂

I have a pretty slam packed day today.  Aside from my usual biz dev, emailing, project management, regular job-y stuff, I also have Birthday Trees to pen, and I need to look into flights to Portland for Christmas.  Nick and I have worked out a deal regarding Christmas–we trade off years and every other year we are either here with my family, or in Portland with his.  This year is his year.  So I’ll be looking into flights today.  Also, I’ve set myself a target of finishing up gathering together my favorite birthday trees.  I’m going to bet there is also a dog walk on the to-do list, too.

The weather today is overcast, and the heat has passed, for now, which I’m grateful for.  Our house didn’t cool off last night!  Anyway, I hope you all have a great Monday and had a very enjoyable weekend!